Guides and Toolkits to do Participatory Budgeting
Win a PB Process
Designed with organizers and advocates in mind, this toolkit gives you the tools you need to get started campaigning to bring PB to your community.
Plan a PB Process
This toolkit is for officials and staff of governments and institutions that are interested in launching a PB process.
Run a PB Process
PBP’s flagship Implementation Manual is a one-stop document that contains a detailed overview of key goals, tasks, trainings, and all necessary tools to implement each phase of the process.
SMS Outreach Guide
Nonprofits and public institutions are turning to text messaging to inform and engage the communities they serve – especially those that have low or no access to the Internet.
PB works because people participate. This guide will help you plan and execute an effective outreach campaign.
Use PB for TIF Funds
PB can be used for any budget. Learn about Tax Increment Financing Funds and the ways Chicago residents opened them up to a real democratic process.
PB in Schools
Schools and school districts in the U.S. and internationally have used PB to engage students, parents, and educators in deciding which school programs and improvements to fund using a portion of the school budget.
Sample PB Materials
PB Evaluation and Research Tools
Books by Josh Lerner, PBP's Executive Director:
How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics
In Making Democracy Fun, Josh Lerner offers a novel solution for the sad state of our deliberative democracy: the power of good game design.
Could "Participatory Budgeting" Change Democracy?
In Everyone Counts, PBP co-founder and executive director Josh Lerner provides a concise history of the organization's origins and its vision, highlighting its real-world successes in fostering grassroots budgeting campaigns in such cities as New York, Boston, and Chicago.